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The inaugural Bar Awards are coming to Newcastle – nominations now open!

Presented by HUNTERhunter, Bar Awards will shine a light on the stars of Newcastle's nightlife scene.

Do you work in the industry? Own a bar, hotel, restaurant, or brewpub? We want you to nominate.

Industry nominations are NOW OPEN and will close on Monday June 3 11.59pm AEST. Please use the form below to complete your nomination process.


How does the voting work?

  • First up, we need you to nominate yourself and/or your team in the categories relevant to your business
  • Nominations are only open to venues located within the Newcastle Local Government Area (LGA). Not sure if your business qualifies? Here's the list of Newcastle LGA suburbs
  • Nominations open on Tuesday May 7 and closes on Monday June 3
  • There are no costs associated with nominating
  • Nominations are open to bar industry professionals only (the general public does not get a vote)
  • Each nominee must nominate in every category for their vote to count
  • The nominees list will be announced on Tuesday June 4
  • Each nominee will then be eligible to vote on the list of nominees in each category
  • The five nominees who receive the most votes per category will enter the finalist round
  • Finalists will be announced on Monday July 1 via hunterhunter.com.au/barawards
  • The five finalists within each category will be critiqued anonymously by the judge who is assigned to their category
  • Each finalist will be asked to supply 1 x $150 voucher per award category they’re a finalist in, which is to be used by the judge during their visit
  • Judging will take place between Monday July 1 and Sunday July 28
  • A criteria list and judging matrix will be supplied to each judge to base their decisions on
  • The winners of the 11 award categories will be announced on Monday August 5 at the Bar Awards event, to be held at Bartholomew’s.
Bar Awards will bring together those who energise the city’s bar and drink scene, with awards presented across 11 categories:

Bar of the Year
Bartender of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Best Cocktail Bar
Hotel of the Year
Brewpub of the Year
Best Live Music Venue
Best Restaurant Cocktail Menu
Best Hotel Cocktail Menu
Best Wine List
Best Non-Alc Menu

We want all of the industry to get involved, so help us spread the word by telling all your staff and hospitality friends.

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